A new avenue

No talk of labour export is ever complete without first establishing worker safety

As one of the largest exporters of labour globally, Bangladesh relies quite heavily on the remittance earned by our hard-working men and women overseas.

Thus far, Bangladesh has relied on Gulf Nations that fall under the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation umbrella in terms of exporting both of skilled and unskilled labour, and it has been a long time coming that we started to expand our horizons to that end.

Which is why Romania’s recent expression of interest in importing labour from our nation is so timely.

At present, Bangladesh’s representation in the European labour market is nowhere near that of our presence in Gulf Nations, with pockets of workers spread out across nations such as Italy, Greech, Serbia, and a few other nations. If Romania’s interest in our labour force bears fruit, this could be the first real step in remedying that situation.

But no real talk of labour export is ever complete without first establishing worker safety. Our migrant workers, mostly in the Gulf countries, already endure far too much abuse at the hands of their foreign employers, and our toothless international bureaucracy bears the brunt of the blame for failing to protect our fellow countrymen.

If Romania’s interest can indeed be harnessed as a gateway for our migrant workers into the European market, the matter of safety and security need to be prioritized above everything else.

Given just how much these men and women have to sacrifice for the development of their own nation, the authorities concerned really need to step up its support for migrant workers who work tirelessly abroad.

With recent news of Germany getting ready to recruit 400,000 skilled workers each year, now is as good a time as any for Bangladesh to establish itself as the de facto nation for labour export in Europe.